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Iran: Four executed on murder charges, including Afghan national

Iran executions
Last week 2 prisoners were secretly executed at Gorgan Prison on murder charges. 

One of the executions was followed by an act of revenge by the family of the prisoners on the victim's relatives.

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, June 30, 2 prisoners were executed at Gorgan Prison. 

The prisoners were sentenced to death on murder charges. 1 of the prisoners was identified as Vahid who was convicted of murder during a street fight. On Thursday, July 5, Vahid's relatives invaded the plaintiffs' house in Ghal'e-Hasan and caused damage to their property on an act of revenge.

On Friday, July 6, IRNA website mentioned the invasion of the prisoner's family and quoted colonel Mohammad Shirazi, Chief of Police, "Yesterday (Thursday) the murderer's family invaded the house of the victim's family with a group of people and set fire to their house and car."

Many experts had earlier warned that implementation of Qisas leads to spread hate and hostility in a society.

The execution of these prisoners has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Prisoner Executed in Mazandaran Province


A prisoner was executed in a city in Mazandaran Province on murder charges.

According to ILNA news agency, a prisoner identified as A. M., son of Seyyed Ne'mat, was executed in Mazandaran Province. 

The prisoner was sentenced to death on murder charges.

The report was published on July 5 and the prisoner seems to have been executed on the same day. However, the report didn't specify the date of the execution. Moreover, there are some ambiguities about the execution site, since the title of the report mentions Qaemshahr Prison, but later in the text, Sari Prison is stated as the execution site.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Afghan national hanged in Zahedan


Iran Human Rights (Jul 8, 2018): An Afghan prisoner was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

According to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Saturday, July 7, a prisoner was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

The Afghan prisoner was identified as Naeem Manduzehi, born in 1970 and married with 9 children.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 8-11, 2018


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